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John Mirk's Festial: Edited from British Library MS Cotton Claudius a. II: v. 2

ISBN : 9780199590377

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Author: 
Susan Powell
Pages
600 Pages
Format
Hardcover
Size
149 x 223 mm
Pub date
Aug 2011
Series
Early English Text Society Original Series
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The Festial, most probably composed in the late 1380s by the Augustinian canon, John Mirk, of Lilleshall Abbey, Shropshire, was the most popular and influential collection of sermons in English in the late medieval and early Tudor period, surviving in many copies, and printed by Caxton and his successors. The collection was designed to be accessible and entertaining, as well as orthodox, to counter the success of Lollard preaching, and taught both the priests who used the sermons, as well as their audiences, the fundamentals of the Christian faith and doctrine, illustrated by many stories. The Festial is the only English sermon collection to be printed in England before the Reformation and is probably the most frequently printed work of its time before religious change made it unacceptable.

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About the author: 

Professor Susan Powell holds the Chair in Medieval Texts and Culture in the University of Salford. Her research interests are in the fields of late medieval sermons, pastoral, and devotional literature.

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